At least 2 cruise lines (Royal Caribbean and Carnival) have begun to cancel shore trips that involve ferries in Cozumel, after the U.S. State Department issued a new warning to United States tourists.
The reason for the warning was due to an explosion onboard a tourist ferry in February. Investigators later found an explosive device on the ferry. On Thursday, March 1, two more explosive devices were discovered attached to another ferry in Cozumel, that runs between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel Island. The boat was anchored 500 meters from the dock and was not in service. A company diver reported the explosive. Mexican navy divers removed it and handed it over for analysis to Defense Department.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas visited Cozumel on Friday, March 2, and its passengers received a letter stating that shore excursions which involved taking a ferry had been canceled. Those who booked shore trips that involved taking a ferry were refunded in the form of credit to the onboard account.